The Washington Redskins appeared to give backup linebacker Reuben Foster a second chance for a career in the NFL, after the San Francisco 49ers eliminated former Alabama All-American. The third arrest of Foster this year – at the team hotel the night before a match, was no less serious – was the last straw for the 49ers.
This did not deter Washington from asking Foster to leave the NFL waiver Tuesday. Jay Gruden, the Redskins coach, said Wednesday that "nothing guaranteed" that Foster would play for Washington.
"We do not know if he'll get a second chance, quite frankly," said Gruden. "We do not know. There must be a lot of recovery; he must go through the process with the league, with the police. Individually, he will need help with counseling. We understand that the process will be long for him. But he's a young player. He made one or two mistakes and at the end of the day we decided to try our luck. "
For the moment, Foster can not play for Washington. After the league awarded him the Redskins, he found himself on the list of excluded commissioners, a kind of soccer limbo that is not quite a suspension. This does not allow a player to train or play until the NFL has completed his examination of his situation, but he is paid.
On Saturday night, Foster was taken to Hillsborough County Jail by Tampa police and charged with first degree violence.
The 911 call that led to Foster's arrest was released Wednesday by the Tampa Police Department the same day his the indictment was scheduled for January 3.
The woman involved told police officers in Tampa that Foster had hit her phone with her hand, pushed her to the chest and slapped her in the face.
On February 11, Foster was arrested in Los Gatos, California, and charged with serious domestic violence, for forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possession of firearms. assault. On May 23, a judge dismissed two of these charges after the woman claimed to have made her charges against Foster. The judge also reduced the charge in weapons from one crime to one offense.
Elissa Ennis was the woman involved in both incidents. Her lawyer, Adante Pointer, told USA Today that her client was not retracting this time.
"We are going ahead," said Pointer. "She will participate in the process."
Pointer said that Ennis was not in Tampa to harm Foster.
"He took her to the game," said Pointer. "He paid to go there. This is not a situation where she has just shown herself with the intention of ruining someone's life. "
Foster was also arrested in Tuscaloosa on January 12 and charged with possession of second-degree marijuana. The marijuana charge was dismissed in May after Foster participated in a pre-trial diversion program.
The NFL suspended Foster for the first two games of the 2018 regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy, as well as its abusive substance policy and program, due to the off-season incidents.
"I was a little surprised," said Kyle Shanahan, the San Francisco coach, about Foster's claim by Washington. "I mean, not the team in particular, but that someone did it. But someone did it.
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The Redskins have selected two Alabama players in each of the two NFL projects: defensive wing Jonathan Allen and linebacker Ryan Anderson in 2017, forward tackle Da Ron Payne and linebacker Shaun. Dion Hamilton in 2018.
Gruden said that the familiarity he had gained with the Crimson Tide had helped him accept Washington's decision to get Foster.
"I spent a lot of time with coach (Alabama) (Nick) Saban and Reuben," Gruden said. "… They had a lot of players with whom we spent a lot of time, and he was one of them, and at that time he was one of my favorite players. in defense as a player and one of my favorites, interviews as a person.
"What's happened since then, I do not know much about what happened, I just read a little bit about what happened, and it's not good, but we're going to go at the bottom of things by the end of the day.As I said, there is no guarantee that he will ever put a foot on a football field here, but we would like to know more about what happened . "
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Washington has a fifth Alabama veteran on his safe Ha Ha Clinton-Ten squad. In his fifth season in the NFL, he is the main contingent member of the Redskins' Tide, although he joined the team less than a month ago when he was in the squadron. an exchange with the Green Bay Packers on October 30th.
"One thing I can say is that people are looking for it to fall," said Clinton-Dix about Foster, "people are looking for it to make more mistakes." as a human being, we all make mistakes.Nobody is perfect.I have great expectations for him when he enters this building.I expect a lot from him.I I'm waiting for him to behave correctly – as a leader. "
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Mark Inabinett is a sports journalist for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @ AMarkG1.